Study after study has proved it. And if you ask almost any big time CEO, professional athlete, politician
or mover and shaker out there and they will agree; the most successful people are morning people,
starting their day early to get a leg up on the competition and a head start on their busy day, even if
doing so is not really in their natural make-up.
But there is more to their morning routines than simply setting their alarm clocks early. Adopting a similar morning ritual to those practiced by the high fliers can benefit you to, starting with some (or all) of these ten (morning) habits of highly successful people:
Get Up an Hour Before You Need To
Many of us leave getting up to the last possible minute (and are further encouraged to do so by the
snooze button.) However studies have shown that those who get up at least an hour before they really
need to tend to be more organized, optimistic and better able to anticipate and deal with problems, all
of which are crucial traits for true success.
Harness the Power of Visualization
As you now have that extra time because you are getting up earlier, take a few minutes to visualize how
you expect the day ahead to play out, including any challenges you think might pop up. Research has shown that those who make a habit of doing this for just two minutes in the morning are better prepared to face their day and perform better throughout it.
Make Time for Breakfast
No matter how many times they have heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day (way back
to when their Mum used to repeat the mantra before school) a great many people still skip an early
morning meal. But you really do benefit from fueling up on a healthy breakfast before you head out of the door, both in terms of increased and energy and increased focus.
Allow Yourself Some Quiet Time
Just a few minutes silence in the morning is terribly refreshing and a great way to focus. If the weather is
decent take that breakfast outside, or at least sit by a window with a view and just take it in quietly for a
Plan to Tackle the Big Tasks First
On most days we all have that one big task that we anticipate will be both a challenge and a bit of a
pain. By planning to make it one of the first things you take on whenever possible you’ll feel a real sense of relief once it’s over and the rest of day should flow far more smoothly.
Brainstorm a Motivational Mantra
Some people feel a little bit silly following this piece of advice but many highly successful people swear it
works. Repeating a personal morning mantra can really help you focus and relax and it can be whatever
Get Moving in the Morning
Even setting aside just five to ten minutes to get moving in the morning, whether it’s ten minutes on the
treadmill or five minutes of intense cardio, has been proven in a number of studies to improve energy
levels and mental focus for the rest of the day. Need some help? An app like this one, Hot5Fitness, can
give you the motivation – and the workout – you need.
Pack Some Sensible Snacks
Snacking isn’;t always bad, as long as you choose the right stuff. Drop a couple of sensible snacks into
your bag before you leave the house and not only will you have that pick me up on hand when you need
it but you’ll also be less tempted to head to the vending machine and indulge in something not-so-good
Clear Away the Clutter, Literally
Clearing your mind for the day ahead is one thing but it also helps to physically clear the clutter as well.
Throwing out the rubbish from your bag, your car or even doing a quick bit of desk based housekeeping
first thing in the morning is tremendously satisfying!
Go to Bed Earlier
If you are going to get into the habit of getting up earlier you really need to do the same at the other
end of the day and go to bed earlier as well. Adequate sleep is not only essential for the proper focus in
the morning but a lack of it not only leads to mental sluggishness but recent studies have shown it can
even lead to weight gain that holds you back as well.